Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
4. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing DVD - Part 6
After we finished production of "Fly Fishing Eastern Freestone Streams - Successful Strategies", we
continued to work on production of other fly fishing videos. Since the Grand Slam and Successful Strategies
were both shot in the Great Smoky Mountains and featured Ian and Charity Rutter, we wanted to put together
some instructional programs featuring us that were shot throughout the nation. Angie and I were fly fishing for
trout on many other streams on a regular basis prior to finishing the Successful Strategy program. We not
only learned a lot from Ian about fly fishing the Smokies, we were learning to fly fish some of the top western,
mid-western, northeastern and New England trout streams. We didn't just make a week long trip to a stream.
We would fish as long as two months at a time without returning home in Panama City Beach. That didn't just
consist of one long trip a year. It consisted of several.
One thing we had against the many fly fishing videos on the market was the fact that most of them were shot
on one stream and often in one day. They were more about watching the host catch trout than teaching
others to catch trout. Many were nothing but promotional videos for various manufacturer's product. Having
produced fishing videos for the previous 18 years prior to that, I knew that no one wanted to purchase a
video that was nothing more than a sells promotion for product. I also knew most anglers wanted to learn
something from the program, not just watch someone catch fish.
We were not exactly sure what was going to be the title of our first video release. Digital video hadn't been
out but for a few short years at the time we started trout fishing and it was changing and improving from a
technical and quality standpoint every year. I started editing on one of the very first all digital studios at a
large independent production company in Florida in the late 1980's. At the time we were shooting analog and
converting the video to digital format. I leased the editing suite at nights and weekends.
In the early 1990's, I purchased the very first commercial Sony digital camcorder model on the market and
eliminated analog acquisition completely. In the mid 1990's, digital editing systems became feasible and
within my financial reach. In the early 1990's, what cost a quarter of a million bucks in the late 1980's, could
be had for about thirty thousand dollars. I mention the technical aspects of this because it enabled me to
completely change the way I and others had produced videos and TV shows since 1980. The basic layman
explanation of this was we could be working on many different projects at a time as long as we
had a script.
In the Winter, I would write scripts for the fly fishing programs. Scripts are like plans and can be changed as
you go along. No longer did we have to sit and waste time scanning through analog tapes to find certain
scenes we had shot and logged in. The digital systems allowed us to instantly go to any scene we desired
from hours and hours of footage. Of course, footage is actually an old term for analog tape and film. Footage
doesn't actually relate to digital video.
One of the things that first began to frustrate me about fly fishing for trout were the tailwaters. No,
it wasn't the main thing that frustrated me. The main thing was the entire scope of trout flies. In short, that
was and still is the biggest mess I have ever seen in fishing but I'll get to that and the creation of Perfect Flies
later on in this series.
Tailwaters seemed to always be hit or miss trout streams, or maybe hot or cold would be a better description
of them. I begin to call them "Part Time fishing Streams". One day I read a feature article about the
Madison River in a major fly fishing magazine. It was actually the most major fly fishing magazine on the
market. The article was about the Madison River outside of Yellowstone National Park below Hebgen Lake.
Not once did the article mention it was a tailwater. The author incorrectly called it a freestone stream
not once, but twice in the article. We had fished the Madison River several days during three different
years at that time, both inside and outside the park, and I and any other half knowledgeable angler knew
very well the section of the Madison River the stupid magazine article was written about wasn't a
freestone stream. It was a tailwater. The entire river below Hebgen Dam is a tailwater.
The article and the fact that catching trout consistency when fishing tailwaters was a problem for many, if not
most anglers, made me come to the decision that the first video I was going to release on fly fishing for trout
would be on tailwaters.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
"Fly Fishing for Trout in
Tailwaters" provides fishing
methods and techniques used
for fishing tailwaters. This
program deals with the special
considerations that must be
given to tailwaters in order for
one to be consistently
successful fishing waters where
both man and nature can affect
This program covers a wide
variety of streams across the U.
S. from East to West, including
scenes from over thirty blue